It’s been awhile since I’ve given an update on my running and what my latest obsession is. My running continues to go well. The 16 miler last weekend was right on pace, although I did feel tired towards the end and then throughout the rest of day. Part of the slow recovery is I continue to help out at the house (we should move in 3 weeks), am not resting and not eating properly. Post run I had 2 muffins (the boys did not start in on the muffins until I got there since I gave them such a hard time about eating all the muffins the week before ) and a chai tea. By noon I felt shaky and needed to get something to eat; I wolfed down a Quizno’s sandwich. When I’m at work I try and eat every 2-3 hours but on the weekends, I’m not planning ahead enough to do that.
Monday night I headed to the track despite the light rain and John being LAZY BONES and staying at home. I ran 2 sets of 5 x 800’s with a 90 sec rest and a 3 min rest between the sets. I was really pleased that not only did I maintain the pace, but I got a little faster on many of the reps. I have been working my way up to 10 x 800’s as a predictor for the marathon. My coach said the Yasso 800’s predictor is a poor indicator but I feel really great knowing I can run 10 x 800 in 3:35-3:30’s. Last night it was raining so much (I know it hardly rains in Phoenix) that I opted to skip the running and indulge in Thai food for dinner. This morning I was fortunate that the rain had passed and I went for a goal pace 5 miler.
I have a friend coming into town this weekend so I am moving my long run to tomorrow after work. Well that is if I don't get rained out. I know so many of you run in pouring rain on a regular basis and I feel wimpy even saying that I may not run. If its pouring tomorrow afternoon then I'll move the long run to after work on Monday. This is my last long run and then I begin my taper. I am nervous about the run because I will work a full day and then go out and run 20 miles. By 4pm I’m pretty tired already, not to mention hungry, and then to start a 3 hour run? It will be an experience.